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Study Finds Higher Costs with Labor Pacts

Emily Alpert, VOICE OF SAN DIEGO.ORG

Friday, July 22, 2011

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The National University System Institute for Policy Research bills their study as the biggest analysis ever done on project labor agreements. It examined 551 school construction projects across California. It did not include projects built under the San Diego Unified labor agreement.
The think tank found that when California school districts used the labor pacts, construction projects cost an average of almost $303 per square foot, markedly more than the $228 state average. Costs were higher even when they factored in whether schools had multiple floors, gyms or a pool, the authors said